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Teacher training and sustainable development programmes

Developing the essential skills for teaching in HE

The quality of teaching in HE has never been more important. The pandemic has accelerated a shift to online and hybrid learning and teaching and recent world events have shone a light on the inequalities faced and that need challenging. Both staff and students have had to adapt and in cases the pedagogy is having to catch up.

Through a rich history of development programmes and working with institutions around the world, we are able to deliver in-house development programmes which build both capability and capacity. Tailored to your context, themes of these programmes can include assessment practice, flexible learning, leading academic teams or cover the spectrum of pedagogical challenges. Programmes can be delivered over one day or over a period of years. All of our programmes are adaptable to hybrid, online and face-to-face approaches and can be delivered in this format also.

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My appreciation of the complexity of issues such as assessment, access, retention and employability has been strengthened as a result of the Teaching Excellence Programme.”

Emily Chapman-Waterhouse, Lecturer, Harper Adams University

Developing teaching skills and knowledge

Advance HE offers a range of in-house delivery options aimed at equipping staff with the skills and confidence to make a positive impact on the student experience. Our programmes can be contextually adapted, integrate ‘train the trainer’ methodologies and be delivered online or via a blended model.

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Developing academic leaders to support teaching and research

Delivering high quality teaching, learning and research is at the heart of HE. In order to achieve this, confident and capable leadership is required. We believe that good leadership can be demonstrated at any level, is values-driven and not hierarchical in nature, so as well as focusing on current leaders we also focus on nurturing future leaders. Using in-house development programmes such as our Academic Leadership Programme we work with HE systems and institutions to develop those leading academic staff.

The Academic Leadership Programme was very useful because after the workshop I am able to perceive problems more easily and also to react to them better, maybe more lastingly. I am grateful to the organizers for a new network of
like-minded companions with similar challenges.”

Assistant Professor, Dr. Franc Dimc, Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Ljubljana

Examples of our solutions

Teaching Skills Masterclasses

The Teaching Skills Masterclass offers a flexible and evidence-based solution for the development of university-level teachers. It is aimed at exposing staff to new approaches in teaching and learning in higher education.
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Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (CLTHE)

This offers a flexible, evidence-based and sustainable solution for the development of university-level teachers. In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Advance HE has extended the delivery mode options for this programme.
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Teaching Excellence Programme

Aimed at experienced academic staff, the programme combines a series of interactive masterclasses with a coaching programme, offering participants the space and time to critically reflect on their practice.
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Academic Leadership Programme

The Academic Leadership Programme (ALP) is designed to support these colleagues; the next generation of academic leaders. It is only available to be commissioned by an institution or a group of institutions.
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Project Success Stories

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Advance HE delivers Teaching Skills Masterclass to academics from across Vietnam

The programme, hosted by Vietnamese-German University and sponsored by the World Bank, provided a fantastic opportunity for academics across the country to discuss and share teaching practices.

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Creating a culture of Teaching Excellence

Emily Chapman-Waterhouse, Lecturer in Student Academic & Professional Development at Harper Adams University, outlines her experience of sharing the concepts of teaching excellence.

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Supporting teaching excellence at Sharjah Performing Arts Academy

Advance HE is to deliver programmes to support teaching excellence at the newly opened Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA).

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Advance HE delivers online teaching programme in Ukraine in response to Covid lockdown

The programme, delivered for the British Council in Ukraine, took place in order to support staff with the transition to online teaching after an agreed three-year Teaching Excellence programme had to be delayed.

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Advance HE delivers learning and teaching programme to top Thai university

Academic staff at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in Bangkok, Thailand, are benefitting from a programme to enhance their teaching skills in higher education.

There is now a culture of teaching at Walailak University. Before this work, staff did not talk about teaching, whereas now you can hear them discussing their teaching in everyday conversations. Student learning is at the heart of all our work.”

Associate Professor Dr. Surin Maisrikrod, Vice President for Global Engagement and Faculty Development, Walailak University


The innovative ‘ChangeBusters’ game, designed by the team from Sheffield Hallam University, constructs a ‘Theory of Change’ based on evidence from within the ARAP integrative literature review. This game aims to support users to understand the stages of a Theory of Change, build confidence, explore evaluative questions, and extend learning through application to their own context. The goal is better intervention design and evaluation, which in turn should lead to better student outcomes. 

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Resources and guidance

Advance HE is committed to producing and sharing news, guidance, research, publications, resources and toolkits to support teaching and learning in higher education. Take a look at our Teaching and Learning guidance pages where these are collated.

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